Billy Hurley III was in tears during his press conference for this week’s Quicken Loans National. Hurley delivered the stunning news that his father, retired police officer Willard Hurley Jr., has been missing since July 19.
“Last Sunday, nine days ago, my dad took some clothes, he took some cash, he got in his truck and drove away and no one has heard from him since,” Hurley said Tuesday during a pre-tournament media availability. “No one really knows why. It’s complete speculation as to why he left.”
Willard Hurley, 61, lives in Leesburg, Virginia, where the younger Hurley grew up. The family home is about 25 miles north of Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, the site of this week’s tournament. Hurley’s mother filed a missing-persons report on Monday, and police are investigating.
Hurley said his father was driving a dark green 1998 Ford F-150 with license plate YWH-5898. His pop worked as a police officer in the area for a quarter-century and has been married to his mother for more than 30 years. He has no history of mental health problems, Hurley said.
Hurley only found out on Monday about his father’s disappearance. He said he decided to go public with his family crisis in hopes that someone with information will come forward. He’s choosing to play this week because his father might watch on TV or check his score and decide to come home.
“Maybe, you know, a bartender who served him dinner sees this story on ‘Golf Central’ or whatever, and we can get a hit on his location or something,” Hurley said.
“I’m just hopeful,” Hurley said. “This was a hard decision for my family to make to even make this public.”